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  • japan Operation Tomodachi - Tohoku Earthquake Relief

    North Eastern Japan

    12-mar-11    to    04-may-11

    On 11 Mar 2011, an M9.0 earthquake struck Japan offshore, c 70km east of Tohoku at c 15km depth. The shaking lasted over 5 minutes and after c 55 minutes the first Tsunami rolled ashore.

    The earthquake is claimed to have moved the whole of Honshu island c 2.5m to the east and lowered its northern coastline by an average 0.6m. This was a contributing factor to the overtopping of the protective bunds surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, which subsequently suffered a Level 7 Nuclear Emergency.

    Japanese and US forces were mobilised in support and the US committed the USS Ronald Reagan to act as an offshore Command Center, refueling point and distribution centre for humanitarian aid supplies. Approx 25 ships. 24000 personnel and 190 aircraft were committed by US Forces.

    A team of c 150 urban search and rescuers with their dogs from California joined with c 60 rescuers from the UK and conducted operations in Kamaishi and Ofunato looking for survivors until 18 Mar.


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        mar11 to may11 US Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 US Marine Corps 107M H-46 Sea Knight
        mar11 to may11 US Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN US Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon
        13mar11 to may11 US Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Three US Navy S-70 H-60
    MQ-8C Fire Scout

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation


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    Aircraft Carrier (Nuclear Powered)  Improved Nimitz class   US Navy CVN-76 USS Ronald Reagan,
    Guided-Missile Cruiser  Ticonderoga VLS class   US Navy CG-62 USS Chancellorsville, US Navy CG-63 USS Cowpens, US Navy CG-67 USS Shiloh,
    Guided-Missile Destroyer  Arleigh Burke Flight I class   US Navy DDG-54 USS Curtis Wilbur, US Navy DDG-56 USS John S. McCain, US Navy DDG-62 USS Fitzgerald, US Navy DDG-63 USS Stethem,
    Guided-Missile Destroyer  Arleigh Burke Flight IIA class   US Navy DDG-85 USS McCampbell, US Navy DDG-88 USS Preble, US Navy DDG-89 USS Mustin,
    Command ship  Blue Ridge class   US Navy LCC-19 USS Blue Ridge,
    Assault Carrier  Wasp class   US Navy LHD-2 USS Essex,
    Landing Ship/Platform Dock  Whidbey Island class   US Navy LSD-42 USS Germantown, US Navy LSD-46 USS Tortuga,
    Landing Ship/Platform Dock  Harpers Ferry class   US Navy LSD-49 USS Harpers Ferry,
    Support Ship  Supply class   US Navy T-AOE-10 USNS Bridge,
    Support Ship  Lewis and Clark class   US Navy T-AKE-7 USNS Carl Brashear, US Navy T-AKE-9 USNS Matthew Perry,
    Support Ship  Henry J. Kaiser class   US Navy T-AO-197 USNS Pecos, US Navy T-AO-204 USNS Rappahannock,

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